Amazon is hiring 150,000 U.S. workers for holiday shopping season, with perks like a $3,000 signing bonus and additional $3 per hour to lure staff during intense labor shortage

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  • Amazon announced Monday that it plans to add 150,000 seasonal jobs for the holidays amid high demand and supply headaches
  • That’s a 50 percent increase from 2020, when Amazon brought in nearly 100,000 seasonal workers
  • Seasonal roles will include a sign-on bonus of up to $3,000 and, depending on shifts, an additional $3 per hour pay
  • Amazon is the second largest private employer in the US, with 950,000 employees nationwide

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Amazon announced Monday that it plans to add 150,000 seasonal jobs in the US for the upcoming holidays, as the e-commerce giant anticipates high demand and supply crunch during the Christmas shopping season.

The announcement represents a 50 percent increase from last year, when Amazon brought on nearly 100,000 seasonal workers.

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According to its last earnings report, Amazon is the second largest private employer in the US after Walmart, with 950,000 employees nationwide.

At the end of 2020, it had 1.3 million full-time, part-time and temporary employees worldwide.

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The hiring frenzy comes at a time of a major US labor shortage and increased union activity that has prompted it and other companies to raise wages in time for the crucial end-of-year buying period.

In September, Amazon raised its average starting salary to more than $18 an hour.

Seasonal roles will include a sign-on bonus of up to $3,000 and, depending on shifts, an additional $3 per hour pay.

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Amazon says it is bringing on 150,000 seasonal employees for the holidays. Positions include a sign-on bonus of up to $3,000 and, depending on the shift, an additional $3 per hour. Are included

Amazon is also offering free college tuition to increase its numbers in some cases, CNBC told.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Illinois are among the states that will have the highest number of seasonal jobs, said Amazon, which is also investing in building additional warehouses.

The online giant has also started recruiting for 20,000 Christmas-season positions in the United Kingdom.

Department store chain Macy’s also announced plans last month to hire about 76,000 full- and part-time employees during the holiday season.

Last month, Amazon CEO Andy Jesse (pictured) said the company plans to hire 55,000 corporate and technology roles globally -- nearly all as employees of Facebook.

Last month, Amazon CEO Andy Jesse (pictured) said the company plans to hire 55,000 corporate and technology roles globally — nearly all as employees of Facebook.

Target said it plans to take on 100,000 seasonal workers, while Walmart has indicated it wants to fill some 150,000 slots.for the holidays and beyond.’

But Amazon has been on a recruitment spree since the start of the pandemic, bringing in 500,000 employees in 2020 alone.

In September, new CEO Andy Jesse said Amazon plans to hire 55,000 people for corporate and tech roles globally — nearly all of the same number as Facebook’s employees.

Jassi, who replaced Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s top executive in July, told Reuters the online giant needs more firepower to keep up with demand in retail, cloud computing and advertising, among other ventures.

Project Kuiper, Amazon’s $10 billion plan to boost broadband access with low-orbit satellites, will also require a lot of new hires, he said.

“During the pandemic there are a lot of jobs that have been displaced or replaced, and there are a lot of people who are looking for different and new jobs,” Jassi said. PricewaterhouseCooper Survey It showed that 65 percent of employees wanted a new gig.

He added that reality has made Amazon’s Career Day on September 15 “so timely and so useful.”

The new hiring will represent a 20 percent increase in Amazon’s technical and corporate workforce.

Amazon plans to open several 30,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar department stores across the US that sell clothing, home goods, electronics and other household items. wall street journal Reported in August.

The company is so eager to have employees across the board that it has stopped considering pot-smoking as a deal-breaker.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Illinois are among the states that will have the highest number of seasonal jobs, said Amazon, which is also investing in building more warehouses.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Illinois are among the states that will have the highest number of seasonal jobs, said Amazon, which is also investing in building more warehouses.

Senior VP of Human Resources Beth Galetti wrote in a blog post last month that the company has “reinstated employability for former employees and applicants who were previously terminated or deferred during random or pre-employment marijuana screenings.” .’

Overall, 43 states and the District of Columbia have varying degrees of legalization of cannabis.

Galetti said the changes were made for a number of reasons, including that pre-employment marijuana testing “disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment.”

In September, Amazon asked delivery partners not to screen potential drivers for marijuana use to help address labor shortages.

Amazon will still conduct weed checks for those who apply for positions regulated by the Department of Transportation, it said.

Amazon, headquartered in Washington state, was one of the first to legalize the recreational use of the drug in 2012.

The company is also building a second headquarters in Virginia, which decriminalized marijuana through the state legislature in 2020.

Amazon has previously touted an ‘office-centric culture’ but has since dialed back its vision and offered workers the opportunity to spend just three days a week in their offices starting next year.

Earlier this year, a failed attempt to unionize by Amazon employees in Alabama reflected the company’s tax warehouse work and aggressive anti-union stance.

Asked how he could change Amazon’s demanding workplace culture, Jassi claimed the e-tailer’s heavy focus on customers and invention set it up for improvement.

“Everyone in the company has the freedom – and in fact, the expectation – to critically see how it can be better and then invent ways to make it better,” he said.

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